Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

April 16, 1922 - It was on this day that sharpshooter Annie Oakley blasted 100 clay targets in a row from a distance of 16 yards. The record-breaking feat was accomplished at a hunting club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Oakley was 62 years old and showing no signs of slowing down. She had been shooting guns since the age of 6.

By the time she was 24 she was performing her rifle skills in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Her fellow performer, Sitting Bull, nicknamed her, Watanya Cicilla, which roughly translated to "little sure shot."

She toured all over the world and performed for kings and queens. In one performance she famously shot the ashes off a cigarette held by German Kaiser Wilhelm II. After World War I broke out, a popular joke was that Annie Oakley could've prevented the war if she had shot Wilhelm instead of his cigarette. Legend has it that Oakley wrote to the Kaiser and requested a second shot.

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